Mt. Maynuba Travel Guide

December 13, 2016 Rizal, Philippines




Rizal offers a list of mountains that makes mountaineers jump with excitement! Whether its for beginners or advanced climbers, it's there. I chose to conquer Mt. Maynuba first! 

Apparently the internet spells it as Mt. Maynoba but it actually is Mt. Maynuba, as per our guide. So don't judge nor get confused. This mountain had just opened last March of this year, so if you want to conquer all of Rizal's mountains, add this on your list.

Trailhead: Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, RizalLLA: 14°36′22.4′′N, 121°25′18.6′′ E, 728 MASL (+470m)Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hoursSpecs: Minor hike, Difficulty 3/9 (Summit); 4/9 (Loop hike), Trail class 1-4Features: Sea of clouds, scenic views of the Sierra Madre, waterfallsSource: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/

Plus, it comes on a package because you'll have to pass through Mt. Cayabu first before you get to the Maynuba camp site. You'll hit two birds with one stone!

Here's CAMP ONE, where we set out our camp and stayed for the evening. BTW, I am thrilled to say that this is my first overnight hike! And it was an experience like no other. 





We reached the summit of Mt. Cayabu by 9PM and it was dark so we could not appreciate the view slash did not take photos. 

And here are photos of the trail to the summit.


Got our matching waterproof bags from osah.com.ph. They are very light and very essential! 


MT. MAYNUBA SUMMIT!
Also, along the trail, you will pass by the "8 wonder falls". We stayed at the first waterfalls and dipped for a while though we decided to skip the 7 more falls so we just descended to the exit. There were just a few falls along the trail which we stopped for photos.



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How to get there:
  • Ride a bus/MRT to Shaw Boulevard
  • Take a jeepney in Starmall bound to Tanay then alight at Tanay Market
  • Ride a jeep to Sampaloc
  • Ride another jeep bound to Batangasan
  • Ride a trike to Brgy. Cayabu
In our case, there are trikes in Tanay Market that offers to drop you at the jump-off point of Mt. Maynuba. It costed 700 pesos for the 5 of us in one trike. 
Things to bring:
  • Plenty of water/hydration fluids
  • Insect repelant
  • Trail snacks
  • Packed lunch
  • Extra clothes for changing
  • Flashlights/head lamp
  • Blanket
  • Waterproof bags/bag covers
  • Sun protection (sun block/cap/sleeves)
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
Our itinerary:
Day 1
14:00     meet-up at Star Mall, Shaw.
17:30     arrive at Tanay Market
19:00     arrive at Mt. Maynuba Jump off point
19:15      start trekking
20:00     reach Mt. Cayabu summit
22:00     set camp at Mt. Maynuba camp one
               dinner/lights off

Day 2
05:00     witness the sea of clouds
05:30     breakfast
07:00     continue hike to Mt. Maynuba summit
08:30     reach Mt. Maynuba summit
10:30     take a dip into the waterfalls
13:00     back to jump-off point/log out
14:30     lunch at Jabee Tanay
19:00     arrive back at Shaw Boulevard

Total damage:
24    RT Bus to Shaw Boulevard
58   Jeep to Tanay Rizal
140  trike to Brgy. Cayabu (700/trike 1:5)
40    Entrance fee 
20    Pay-per-use bathroom
80    Trike to Batangasan (200/trike 1:3)
27    Jeep to Sampaloc
27    Jeep to Tanay Market
70    Van to Shaw Boulevard
300  Food budget/pax
786 lang bes

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! We should go climbing mountains together sometimes! Just hit me on the comment box below! :)

44 comments

  1. Stunning views! I love how people are so much more into hiking in the Philippines lately!

    www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

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    1. Yes! Because it's a cheaper way of travel and adventure! :)

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  2. Wow the landscape is incredible, and how cool that you got to kill two birds with one stone :D Congrats on your first overnight hike! I don't think I've even done a day hike like this before. I've done some trails, but nothing as expansive as this! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. You should try it sometimes! It's really worth it when you get to the summit! :)

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  3. Seryoso Rizal lang to? Did you have a leader or someone whose really expert in trekking with you? I tried trekking one time and its my fault to bring a lot of stuff. Pagod na pagod tuloy ako haha. I like the last photo.Looks like ifugao rice terraces. Thanks for recommending this. Definitely going here sometime!
    Jeaniebeansph

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    1. The barangay requires people to hire a guide which costs 500/guide, so yes we had a leader. That was my first hiking mistake! I brought a lot of stuff. Now everytime I'm going hiking I tell myself, "Can I carry this all the way to the top?" hahaha. Works perfectly for me! :)

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  4. I haven't had any experience in hiking yet, but it's in my bucketlist now. Hope I can get to do it soon. And I think Rizal is perfect because it's convenient and affordable! :)

    Lyka Chiang

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    1. It's fun, really! You'll learn to appreciate nature and love it at the same time! :)

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  5. What a beautiful place and amazing experience!
    http://www.mursway.com/

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    1. It was! Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  6. Such a stunning view! Love the quality of all your photos. :) And I'm pretty sure you had tons of fun! Btw, I nominated you for Liebster Award! Check it out. ♥ Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance
    http://www.airishabella.blogspot.com

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    1. Yey thanks for nominating me! Checking it out in a bit :) thank you for dropping by! :)

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  7. Wow, the sea of clouds remind me of the wonderful sunrise I had a few years back over at Kiltepan in Sagada :)

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

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    1. Although it's barely a "sea", looks amazing pa rin! Hahaha. I haven't been to Sagada yet, but I'll definitely goooo! :)

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  8. Oh my, the nature over there looks so beautiful ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

    * How to be Parisian chic *

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  9. I've always wanted to hike mountains (and given na I live in Rizal ah!) but my mom doesn't like me hiking. I wanted to experience an overnight hike too but I can see na my mom's reaction pag nagpaalam ako! haha! Maybe someday when I'm married na lelz. The mountains shall wait. You should go try the mountains here in my area too - Montalban, Rizal!

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  10. Hahaha! My mom was totally against this hobby of mine at first but she came through. I told her the mountain calls for me! Hilarious, i know! Hahaha! Will definitely explore all of Rizal's mountains, malapit lang kasi :)

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  11. Ganda ng views while on the trek :D. One of my goals next year is to be able to trek different mountains. Hopefully matupad! Thanks for sharing this! Happy holidays!

    Bia S. | roadbybia.com

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    1. Thank you! And good luck on your hiking adventures! :)

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  12. Hi Nika! Xeph here, remember? It is so nice seeing you here. Actually, it is so nice seeing lots of familiar bloggers here. Haha. How are you? Anyways, your photos are really good! I hope I had the guts to hike but I am not really fit for it. I always find it appealing being so close to nature but hiking is not for me, I guess. Haha.

    All the love,
    Xeph

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    1. Hi Xeph! Of course, oh tumblr days! It is! You should at least try for once before you say it's not for you, haha. It's worth it, I promise! :)

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  13. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow, first climb! I am excited with my first too! We're going to hike Mt. Maculot hehe I'm excited and nervous because I don't think if I can do it haha mejo weakling and clumsy kasi ako hahaha

    Gerald wants to climb this year! Do you have a Facebook group or something? Yung climb namin this week, nakita lang ni Gerald sa FB Group eh tas nagjoin lang sya haha

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    1. I saw your picture na, in Facebook I think. Haha. It's fun diba! Maybe we can hike together some time, lol. I'm a member of DIY Travel Philippines group in Facebook. Join kayo don. :)

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  15. The photos are calling me to try hiking but naaaaah I might die in the middle of the trip. Haha. I've never tried a legit hike ever since and I don't have plans of trying out anytime soon. Haha. This is why you are fit, Nika!

    Auradelle // Shoot, Eat, Write

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    1. Hindi naman,hahaha! You should try it, it's really not that hard. Need lang ng maiging warm up and condition lang yung body, hahaha. ;)

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  16. Gorgeous photography! You are very talented! Sounds like you had a great time too. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! Have a good day! :)

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  17. WOOW! Ang ganda! What's the level of difficulty of this mountain? Would want to go back trekking mountains :)

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    1. I'm no expert, but Pinoy Mountaineer says it's 3/9. :)

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  18. Beautiful photos! I love how bright and green everything is, and it's so cool that you were actually above some clouds!

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    1. If the weather was a bit cooler, it would have been an ocean of clouds! Haha. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  19. Wow the landscape looks incredible. Your total damage part is awesome, Like your honesty on that lol

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    1. Haha thanks! I aim to breakdown every expenses I made for other travelers :)

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  20. Wow! what did i just see! Absolutely breathtaking!! if you don't mind, what camera do you use?

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    1. Hi! I use a Nikon D90 and my very trustworthy iPhone 6 :)

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  21. I was just talking to a friend about the Philippines! Even though I am not the most in shape person, I love a good hike since I don't feel like I am working out! Especially when there is a beautiful view at the end! The clouds surrounding the mountain puts it all into perspective!

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    1. Yaas! Are you planning to visit any time soon? You definitely should, I'd be happy to show you around :)

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  22. I love hiking and especially when you get rewarded with amazing views like that. The valley of clouds is just incredible, so beautiful. This trek really had everything, hills, mountains, valleys, waterfalls! What a stunning place!

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    1. It does, doesn't it? The hike was really worth it. :)

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  23. I have to be -convinced- to hike and here you are doing overnight hikes! I am ashamed! lol But the views are definitely impressive and I am sure it was more than worth it.

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  24. You shouldn't be ashamed! Hiking is a challenge, yes, but it's quite rewarding once you're on the summit. :0

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